Posted May 2012
Having awaited the necessary action from the Government since 2004, the change of Government in 2010 led to a substantial change of approach to the regulation of those healthcare professions that had yet to become statutorily regulated. The new Government, in the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (July 2010) stated that ‘we are committed to reducing the overall burdens of regulation across the health and social care sectors. We will therefore undertake a wide-ranging review of all health and social care regulation, with a view to making significant reductions.’ The White Paper and related summaries can be downloaded from here.
In October 2010 the CHRE published ‘Proposals for CHRE’s new Roles and Responsibilities’, which can be found here. This set out a view on regulation that was quite different from what CAMIP, and other representatives of professions aspiring to HPC regulation, had hitherto been led to expect.
In February 2011 the Department of Health (DH) published a Command Paper, ‘Enabling Excellence: Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers’. This set out the intention to place the regulation of a number of professions in ‘Assured Voluntary Registers’ (AVRs) and that standards and quality assurance of these registers would be under the purlieu of the Council for Regulation of Healthcare Excellence (CHRE), which in November 2012 is to be renamed the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA).
The CAMIP Chairman wrote to both the CHRE and the HPC in July 2011 seeking clarity on their views about their respective roles in regulating the medical illustration profession. The response from both indicated that the most likely form of regulation would be an AVR. CAMIP representatives then met with the CHRE and were encouraged to learn that CAMIP’s register could be considered as a whole for AVR status. This meant that CAMIP’s Board could now work toward an AVR that included all its registrants, rather than being restricted to photographers and videographers, as the HPC register would have been. The CHRE is now calling these registers Accredited Registers (ARs) – dropping the word ‘Voluntary’. Although that doesn’t change the fact that registration is not a statutory requirement, it does show a commitment to making them the de facto standard for anyone practising in the registered disciplines. Further strengthening this commitment is the work that the CHRE has undertaken with the DoH to develop the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) database ‘which will be used by Commissioners in England to ensure that AQPs must use health professionals on an accredited register.
Following the passage through Parliament and Royal Assent in March 2012 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the CHRE (as the PSA) expects to accredit the first ARs in December 2012. It has published draft accreditation standards on its website and these are currently the subject of a public consultation, running until 10 July 2012; details of which can be found here . The consultation is open to all, but the CAMIP Board will respond in its own right. In addition, at an EGM in May 2012 the CAMIP Board agreed to write to the CHRE formally expressing an interest in applying to have the CAMIP register accredited. The first stage in this process will be to undertake a pre-application self-assessment test to check whether we have everything in place to meet the CHRE’s standards.
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latest news on HPC regulation
Posted 21st May 2005
the 18th May draft Standards of Proficiency (SoP) for
Clinical Photographers were submitted to the Health Professions Council
(HPC), in accordance with their timetable. A small working party had
prepared the SoP on behalf of CAMIP, working to HPC guidelines. The SoP
will now be scrutinised by a review team from the HPC’s Education and
Training Committee, who will make any changes they deem necessary and
finalise them ready for publication when the register for clinical
Standards of Proficiency for the professions currently registered by HPC
can be viewed on their website:
Posted 6th May 2005
The next meeting of the assessment panel for
applications for the CAMIP Voluntary Register will be on July 11th.
Please note that Application Forms should arrive at least two weeks
prior to that date.
Posted 18th April 2005
Registration for Clinical Photographers - Update
In the previous update,
dated 25th January 2005 (see below), we set out the expected timetable
of registration, including document sign-off and public consultation.
We have been told by
the Department of Health that now the General Election has been called
the timetable is likely to fall behind by a couple of months (not
unexpected in the original timetable).
We will keep you
Posted 8th Feb 2005
"Good news for IMI Associates!
For the past few years it has been the policy of IMI to pay the annual
CAMIP subscription for its qualified members (MIMI's).
This privilege has now been extended to all paid-up Associates, by
consent of IMI Council and the CAMIP board.
So, applying Associates, you only need send £40.00 assessment fee with
your Application Form.
Yet another benefit of membership."
Registration for Clinical Photographers
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